Quick Fixes for Common Hair Problems

Girl cutting her problem hair
Quick Fixes for Common Hair Problems
We’ve all got things we’d like to change about our hair. This is why the hair and beauty industry makes hundreds of billions of dollars a year creating and marketing products to help us get the hair we want.
But even with all the advances in cosmetology, there are still those day-to-day hair issues we deal with that can frustrate us and make us want to give in and cut it all off. Here are some quick-fixes for some of the most common hair issues faced by women:
Dull and dry-looking:
You spend an hour in the morning getting your hair to look just right and all is right with the world as you head out to work. But by 5 o’clock your hair’s shimmer and glow has faded and it looks dull and listless – not exactly what you want for meeting your boyfriend for drinks.
The solution is simple. Keep a small bottle of spray laminator or shine serum on hand and give your hair a shine boost. Spray laminators are essentially light fruit oils that can be misted onto the hair to add shine and gloss. Shine serums serve the same purpose but are generally made from silicone and are applied using the fingers.
Static and Fly-Aways:
This is especially a problem in winter, when the air is heated and dry, and we stroll along on carpeted floors, generating our own electrical charges. This can result in statically charged, fly-away hair.
Fortunately, the quick-fix for this is to simply spray your hairbrush with hairspray and run the brush through your hair, or lightly mist the hair with spray and use your fingers to brush the hair down. The polymers in the hairspray act as a coating to insulate the hair and remove the static charge.
Damaged and Frizzy Hair:
Sometimes when our hair is damaged and frizzy, we can shampoo, condition and style it in the morning and find after a couple of hours that it looks dry and frizzy again. This is because damaged hair is more porous and loses moisture much more quickly than healthy hair.
The trick to handling this type of hair problem is to keep a small sprayer bottle of leave-in conditioner on hand in your purse. When the hair gets dried out and frizzed, simply spray it with the conditioner and comb it through.
Now since most of us wouldn’t want to run around with wet hair, be sure to be sparing with the conditioner, and for medium to long hair, try wearing the hair in a more controlled style - perhaps a ponytail, a twist, or a bun.
Oily Hair and Scalp:
Sometimes we wish we had the problem of drier hair, especially when we deal with an over-oily scalp and hair. We can shampoo, and blow dry in the morning, walking out the door with full, voluminous hair, but by mid-afternoon the hair has become oily-looking and flattened out. Sometimes shampooing more often helps, but if you’re already shampooing every day and still have oily hair problems, it’s time to try another tack.
Shampooing the hair too often can leave the hair dry and ill-conditioned, so for those with oily scalp here’s a trick to help control that oily scalp without over-shampooing. Take a few tablespoons of cornstarch and a soft-bristled brush and apply the cornstarch to the scalp at a part in the hair.
Move the parting a half inch at a time to one side and continue applying the cornstarch to the scalp area. Work from center parting to one side, then from center to the other side until you’ve treated the whole scalp. Leave the cornstarch in place for about 10-15 minutes to absorb the oils, then use a clean, dry bristle brush to brush out the cornstarch and with it the excess oil.
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